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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
MANFREDO M. SALINAS, PETITIONER v. UNITED STATES RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD
on writ of certiorari to the us court of appeals for the fifth circuit
[February 3, 2021]
Justice Sotomayor delivered the opinion of the Court.
The Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (RRA),
307, as restated and amended,
45 U. S. C. §231 et seq., establishes a system of disability, retirement, and survivor blessings for railroad employees. That system is run by using the U. S. Railroad Retirement Board (Board). The Board denied benefits to petitioner Manfredo M. Salinas, a former railroad worker, whilst he carried out in 2006, however it later granted him advantages while he reapplied in 2013. Salinas then requested that the Board reopen its choice to disclaim his 2006 software, however the Board declined. This case asks whether the Board’s refusal to reopen the prior denial of blessings is challenge to judicial evaluate. The Court holds that it is.
The RRA presents lengthy-time period benefits to railroad personnel who have amassed sufficient years of service and who have both reached a sure age or end up disabled. See forty five U. S. C. §§231a(a)(1), (b). It additionally affords advantages for eligible personnel’ spouses and survivors under sure conditions. §§231a(c)–(d). These benefits complement those provided by every other statute, the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA),
forty five U. S. C. §351 et seq., which covers brief-time period durations of unemployment and illness. See §352. This case worries benefits underneath the RRA simplest. Both statutes, but, are relevant, as mentioned beneath.
To administer blessings beneath the RRA, the Board has applied a multistep gadget of administrative evaluate. First, an individual applies for blessings and gets an preliminary decision from the precise department of the Board, along with the Disability Benefits Division. 20 CFR §260.1(a) (2020). If the man or woman is disappointed, she might also are trying to find reconsideration from the Board’s Reconsideration Section. §260.three(a). If denied again, she might also appeal to the Board’s Bureau of Hearings and Appeals (Bureau). §260.five(a). Lastly, the applicant can also take a final attraction to the Board itself. §260.nine(a).
This 4-step sequence is the primary shape of administrative overview for blessings determinations. Applicants have a proper to are looking for every of the above tiers of review within 60 days. See, e.g.,
forty five U. S. C. §231f(b)(3); 20 CFR §260.nine(b). Once an applicant completes the review system, or the cut-off date for in search of further review passes, the benefits determination will become “very last” underneath the Board’s guidelines. See 20 CFR §261.1(b).
After a willpower will become very last, an applicant can request that the Board reopen it. See §261.1(a). “Reopening . . . manner a aware willpower at the a part of the corporation to rethink an in any other case very last decision for purposes of revising that selection.” §261.1(c) (emphasis deleted). Whether to grant reopening is in the long run discretionary. See §261.eleven. The Board, however, has installed sizeable criteria to manual its discretion. For example, as applicable here, a decision may be reopened “[w]ithin four years of the date of the notice of such decision, if there may be new and fabric proof.” §261.2(b).
Salinas is a former chippie and assistant foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad. During his 15-12 months railroad profession, he suffered severe accidents on the activity. In 1989, a co-worker dropped a sledge hammer from an overhead bridge, hitting Salinas at the pinnacle of his hardhat. Then, in 1993, a wooden railroad tie fell from a truck and struck Salinas within the head. As a result, Salinas underwent two spinal fusion surgical procedures. After receiving treatment, Salinas continued to experience ache, anxiety, and melancholy. He commenced looking for RRA disability benefits in 1992. His first packages have been denied, and he did no longer are trying to find reconsideration of either.
On February 28, 2006, Salinas filed his third utility for RRA blessings. The Board denied Salinas’ software on August 28, 2006, concluding that his impairments had been no longer excessive enough to qualify for comfort. After missing the deadline for looking for reconsideration, Salinas despatched a letter to the Board asking for that it rethink its choice “despite the fact that the 60 days had exceeded.” Record 207. Salinas cited, amongst other matters, that he had “greater medical facts to provide.” Ibid. The Reconsideration Section denied Salinas’ request, locating that he had didn't demonstrate good motive for his overdue submitting. See 20 CFR §260.three(c). Salinas did no longer attraction.
Seven years later, on December 26, 2013, Salinas filed his fourth application for RRA advantages. This time, his utility was granted. Although Salinas changed into deemed disabled as of October 9, 2010, his blessings commenced on December 1, 2012, one year previous to the date on which he filed his successful utility. Under the RRA, incapacity blessings start at the modern-day of several alternative start dates, and Salinas’ software-based start date become later than his incapacity onset date. See Record eight;
45 U. S. C. §231d(a)(ii); 20 CFR §218.nine(c).
Salinas well timed sought reconsideration of the quantity and start date of his blessings. The Reconsideration Section denied alleviation, and Salinas appealed to the Bureau. On appeal, Salinas argued that his 2006 software have to be reopened because the Board had not taken into consideration sure clinical records in lifestyles at the time when it denied him benefits. Salinas submitted the statistics as part of his attraction.
On August 26, 2016, the Bureau denied Salinas’ request to reopen the 2006 selection. The Bureau concluded that Salinas had didn't are looking for reopening primarily based on “new and material evidence” within four years of the choice at difficulty, as required by means of regulation. 20 CFR §261.2(b). Salinas appealed to the Board, which affirmed the Bureau’s choice on the ground that Salinas had not met the criteria for reopening below §261.2. The Board notified Salinas that he should searching for judicial review of the Board’s decision inside three hundred and sixty five days.
Salinas filed a well timed seasoned se petition for assessment with the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Fifth Circuit disregarded the petition for lack of jurisdiction. 765 Fed. Appx. seventy nine, 80–81 (2019) (per curiam). In a previous choice, the Fifth Circuit had joined the bulk of Circuits in protecting that federal courts can't evaluation the Board’s refusal to reopen a prior benefits dedication. See Roberts v. Railroad Retirement Bd., 346 F.3d 139, 141 (2003). The Fifth Circuit stated a longstanding cut up some of the Circuits in this issue. 765 Fed. Appx., at eighty–81 (citing instances).
We granted certiorari to clear up the struggle the various Courts of Appeals. 589 U. S. ___ (2020).
Section 231g of the RRA gives that, except for the deadline for searching for evaluation, “[d]ecisions of the Board figuring out the rights or liabilities of any man or woman” underneath the RRA “will be concern to judicial review inside the same way, concern to the identical boundaries, and all provisions of regulation shall practice inside the same manner as even though the choice were a willpower of corresponding rights or liabilities underneath the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.”
45 U. S. C. §231g. In other words, §231g makes judicial assessment to be had beneath the RRA to the same volume that review is to be had beneath the RUIA. This case, therefore, turns on the RUIA’s judicial evaluation provision,
45 U. S. C. §355(f ).
Section 355(f ) offers: “Any claimant, or any railway labor corporation organized according with the provisions of the Railway Labor Act . . . , of which claimant is a member, or any base-year corporation of the claimant, or every other birthday party aggrieved with the aid of a very last choice under subsection (c) of this phase, might also . . . attain a assessment of any very last choice of the Board.” To qualify for judicial review underneath this provision, the Board’s refusal to reopen its denial of Salinas’ 2006 application need to represent “any final selection of the Board.” It does.
The text of §355(f ) starts offevolved our analysis. The phrase “any very last selection” is wide, and it displays Congress’ rationale to outline the scope of evaluation “expansively.” Smith v. Berryhill, 587 U. S. ___, ___ (2019) (slip op., at 6) (inner citation marks and brackets not noted). The phrase “denotes some form of terminal event,” including the “very last degree of overview.” Id., at ___–___ (slip op., at 6–7). Similar language within the Administrative Procedure Act has been interpreted to consult an company movement that “each (1) mark[s] the consummation of the business enterprise’s decisionmaking system and (2) is one by way of which rights or responsibilities have been decided, or from which felony consequences will glide.” Id., at ___ (slip op., at nine) (quoting Bennett v. Spear,
520 U.S. 154, 177–178 (1997); internal quotation marks left out).
The Board’s refusal to reopen the prior denial of benefits satisfies these standards. First, the decision become the “terminal occasion” in the Board’s administrative overview process. Smith, 587 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 6). After first asking for reopening earlier than the Bureau, Salinas exhausted further organisation evaluation by appealing to the Board itself. Salinas’ best recourse thereafter became to are looking for judicial overview.
Second, the Board’s selection became one “ ‘by way of which rights or duties had been decided, or from which legal consequences will drift.’ ” Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.,
578 U.S. 590, 597 (2016). The Board has defined reopening as “a conscious willpower . . . to reconsider an in any other case final choice for functions of revising that decision.” 20 CFR §261.1(c). Reopening consequently entails substantive changes that affect advantages and obligations below the RRA. Consistent with its noticeable nature, the decision to grant or deny reopening is guided by objective standards, inclusive of whether “there is new and fabric evidence or there was adjudicative error no longer constant with the proof of record at the time of adjudication.” §261.2(b). If reopening is granted, any revision the Board makes can be reviewed within the same way as a number one determination of benefits; in any other case, the revision is “binding.” §§261.7, 261.8. In mild of these functions, a selection approximately reopening fits in the which means of “any final choice” as that phrase is utilized in §355(f ).
The Board disagrees as it translates the word “any very last selection” to intend “any final decision under §355(c).” The Board’s argument goes like this: Section 355(f ) authorizes four events to are seeking for judicial review: (1) a claimant for benefits, (2) a claimant’s railway labor agency, (3) a claimant’s base-year organisation, and (4) “some other party aggrieved with the aid of a final choice below subsection (c) of this phase.”
forty five U. S. C. §355(f ). The phrase “any other” approach that, for you to acquire judicial review, every of the enumerated events should be “aggrieved by means of a very last choice beneath subsection (c).” This implies, in turn, that every birthday celebration may searching for judicial evaluation of only the choice “underneath subsection (c)” with the aid of which it become aggrieved. A denial of reopening isn't always a decision “beneath subsection (c)” because it isn't always a determination granting or denying advantages. See §§355(c)(1)–(4). Thus, the Board argues, reopening choices are not difficulty to judicial overview.
The Board’s interpretation is inconsistent with the text of §355(f ). Congress conspicuously selected the broad language “any very last selection,” without tying that phrase to the earlier reference to “a final decision below subsection (c).” This omission is specially notable due to the fact Congress used such restricting references someplace else in §355. Under §355(c)(5), Congress established guidelines for “[f]inal decision[s] of the Board within the instances provided for inside the previous three paragraphs” (in different phrases, underneath §§355(c)(2)–(4)).
45 U. S. C. §355(c)(five). In the same paragraph, Congress legal any properly involved and notified birthday party to reap judicial evaluate of “one of these selection with the aid of which he claims to be aggrieved.”
forty five U. S. C. §355(c)(five). By the usage of the language “such” and “with the aid of which he claims to be aggrieved,” Congress truly mentioned the specific sort of choice defined earlier in §355(c)(five), thus restricting judicial evaluate to final decisions “provided for” in §§355(c)(2)–(four).
This kind of restricting language is absent from §355(f ). “Where Congress consists of specific language in one segment of a statute however omits it in another segment of the same Act, it's far commonly presumed that Congress acts deliberately and purposely in the disparate inclusion or exclusion.” Russello v. United States,
464 U.S. sixteen, 23 (1983) (internal quotation marks and brackets omitted). Section 355(f ) authorizes judicial assessment of “any” final choice, not “such” final decision “under subsection (c).” The Board’s denial of reopening qualifies for assessment beneath the language Congress chose.[three]
To the quantity there's ambiguity in the that means of “any very last choice,” it have to be resolved in Salinas’ prefer underneath the “strong presumption favoring judicial review of administrative movement.” Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC,
575 U.S. 480, 486 (2015) (internal quotation marks neglected). This default rule is “ ‘well-settled,’ ” and Congress is presumed to legislate with it in thoughts. Kucana v. Holder,
558 U.S. 233, 252 (2010). To rebut the presumption, the Board bears a “heavy burden” of showing that the statute’s “language or shape” forecloses judicial evaluate. Mach Mining, 575 U. S., at 486 (inner quotation marks omitted).
The Board has no longer met its burden. The Board argues that diverse move-references inside §355 imply that §355(f ) covers handiest choices made below §355(c). For example, §355(c)(7) provides for overview solely “pursuant to this subsection and subsection (f ).”
45 U. S. C. §355(c)(7); see also §355(c)(5). Meanwhile, §355(f ) requires that “all administrative remedies inside the Board,” which includes evaluation beneath §355(c), should be exhausted earlier than a celebration can are seeking judicial evaluate. Finally, §355(g) offers that “[f]indings of reality and conclusions of regulation of the Board in the willpower of any declare for blessings or refund” and “the willpower of another be counted pursuant to subsection (c)” will be reviewed exclusively under §355(f ). In the Board’s view, these move-references show that §§355(f ) and 355(c) are coextensive.
The structure of §355 indicates that §355(c) feeds solely into §355(f ), but nothing inside the statute shows that the exclusivity runs the other way. To the opposite, numerous clues suggest that §355(f ) encompasses decisions beyond the ones described in §355(c). For example, §355(g) lists three forms of selections that are challenge to study completely underneath §355(f ): determinations of claims for benefits or refunds, determinations of other matters beneath §355(c), and determinations that unexpended finances within the railroad unemployment coverage account can be used to pay blessings or refunds. See forty five U. S. C. §§355(g), 351(p), 360(a). The Board concedes that the third kind of choice falls outside §355(c). See Brief for Respondent 22, n. 4. In addition, the Board’s personal guidelines appear to presume that judicial evaluation is to be had for selections no longer included by using §355(c), including the Board’s determinations of employers’ contribution fees. See 20 CFR §345.307(c). Given those indicators that §355(f ) is broader than §355(c), the Board’s structural argument does now not conquer the obvious which means of “any final decision” and the presumption in favor of judicial review.
The Board’s last arguments additionally fall short. First, the Board argues that this Court’s precedent holds that reopening selections aren't challenge to judicial review. In Califano v. Sanders,
430 U.S. 99 (1977), this Court concluded that §405(g) of the Social Security Act, which authorizes judicial overview of “ ‘any final choice of the Secretary made after a listening to,’ ” does no longer practice to refusals to reopen a prior advantages dedication. Id., at 102 (quoting
forty two U. S. C. §405(g)). As it's far below the RRA, the opportunity to are seeking reopening in Califano became “a second look that the employer had made to be had to claimants as a remember of grace” after the closing date for attractive an initial benefits dedication had passed. Smith, 587 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 12). Given this similarity, many courts have carried out Califano to the kind of choice at trouble here. See, e.g., Roberts, 346 F. 3d, at 141; Harris v. Railroad Retirement Bd., 198 F.3d 139, 142 (CA4 1999); Abbruzzese v. Railroad Retirement Bd., 63 F.3d 972, 974 (CA10 1995).
A key textual difference in the respective judicial assessment provisions, but, distinguishes Califano from this case. Section 405(g) of the Social Security Act gives that reviewable decisions need to be “made after a hearing,” while §355(f ) of the RRA incorporates no such trouble. Compare
42 U. S. C. §405(g) with
forty five U. S. C. §355(f ). Section 405(g)’s hearing requirement was a good sized basis for Califano’s conclusion that judicial evaluate become unavailable, as “a petition to reopen a prior very last choice may be denied with out a hearing.” 430 U. S., at 108; see also ibid. (explaining that §405(g) “really limits judicial review to a selected type of agency movement”). The different considerations diagnosed in Califano, along with the reality that reopening became made to be had simplest by way of law, corroborated the Court’s interpretation of this vital textual restrict. Ibid.; see additionally Smith, 587 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 8). Section 355(f ), by evaluation, consists of no such explicit challenge, and the Board’s selection fits within the provision’s undeniable language.
Second, the Board argues that §355(f ) must be interpreted in mild of §231g’s connection with selections “figuring out the rights or liabilities of any man or woman.” See
45 U. S. C. §231g. The denial of reopening does no longer qualify for judicial review, the Board claims, due to the fact it is definitely a “refusal to make a new dedication” of rights or liabilities, like the decision this Court addressed in Your Home Visiting Nurse Services, Inc. v. Shalala,
525 U.S. 449 (1999). Id., at 453 (emphasis deleted). In Your Home, this Court concluded that an corporation intermediary’s refusal to reopen a prior Medicare compensation dedication was now not difficulty to further administrative review as it became no longer a “ ‘final dedication . . . as to the amount of overall program repayment due.’ ” Ibid. (quoting
forty two U. S. C. §1395oo(a)(1)(A)(i)). The organisation argued that the denial of reopening changed into now not itself a willpower “as to the quantity,” however as a substitute a refusal to make this type of determination. Ibid. This Court concluded that the agency’s interpretation turned into reasonable, and accordingly entitled to deference beneath Chevron U. S. A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.,
467 U.S. 837 (1984). Your Home, 525 U. S., at 453. The Court stated that the company’s interpretation was also “the extra natural” reading of the statute and become “similarly showed” through concerns from Califano: The proper to are searching for reopening existed simplest by regulation, and permitting assessment could undermine the normal time limits for attractive the intermediary’s repayment choices. 525 U. S., at 453–454. The Board argues that its selection right here have to be regarded in the equal manner.
The Board’s argument is unpersuasive for numerous motives. First, the statute in Your Home defined the scope of inner agency overview and as a result did not implicate the presumption in want of judicial evaluate. To the opposite, the Court in the long run deferred to the business enterprise’s interpretation precluding review beneath Chevron. See 525 U. S., at 453. No such deference is due right here due to the fact the scope of judicial review is “hardly ever the kind of query that the Court presumes that Congress implicitly delegated to an organisation.” Smith, 587 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 14).
Second, the statute at problem in Your Home was narrower than §231g as it targeted on a selected type of willpower: one “as to the quantity of overall application reimbursement due the provider.” See
forty two U. S. C. §1395oo(a)(1)(A)(i). Section 231g, in assessment, widely authorizes judicial evaluate of “[d]ecisions . . . determining the rights or liabilities of any person under [the RRA].” This broader language, in addition to §231g’s explicit direction that “all provisions of regulation shall observe in the identical way as though the decision were a dedication of corresponding rights or liabilities below the [RUIA],” indicates that §231g definitely contains §355(f ) into the RRA. As the Board said for the duration of oral argument, §231g “successfully piggybacks” on §355(f ). Tr. of Oral Arg. forty six. Every Court of Appeals to interpret those statutes has reached the same end. See supra, at 5, n. 1. Thus, the important thing language governing judicial assessment beneath each statutes is the word “any final choice.”
Finally, the Board argues that the opportunity to are seeking for reopening is a matter of administrative grace, and such solicitous discretion must no longer be discouraged by using permitting judicial evaluation. But the truth that the Board could decline to provide reopening does not suggest that, having selected to provide it, the Board may also avoid the plain textual content of §355(f ). See Hawkes Co., 578 U. S., at 602 (“[S]uch a ‘matter your blessings’ argument is not an ok rejoinder to the announcement of a right to judicial evaluation”). Whether the availability of judicial review will have an effect on how the Board sporting activities its discretion is a question well reserved for Congress.
It is also worth noting that judicial evaluation of reopening selections will be restricted. The Board’s choice to grant or deny reopening, whilst guided through noticeable standards, is in the end discretionary and consequently concern to reversal most effective for abuse of discretion. See 20 CFR §261.11; Stovic, 826 F. 3d, at 506; Szostak v. Railroad Retirement Bd., 370 F.2nd 253, 254 (CA2 1966) (Friendly, J., for the court). Most selections may be upheld underneath this deferential preferred. See ICC v. Locomotive Engineers,
482 U.S. 270, 288 (1987) (Stevens, J., concurring). Judicial review plays a modest, but essential, position in guarding towards decisions that are arbitrary, inconsistent with the standards set with the aid of the Board’s personal guidelines, or in any other case contrary to law.
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We preserve that the Board’s refusal to reopen a previous benefits determination is a “final selection” inside the that means of §355(f ), and therefore situation to judicial evaluation. The judgment of the USA Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for similarly lawsuits constant with this opinion.
It is so ordered.